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separation

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1 the act or process of a whole separating into two or more parts or pieces
  • the separation of Norway and Sweden into two independent nations in 1905

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2 the state of being kept distinct
  • the separation of church and state is an important concept in the United States

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3 a movement in different directions away from a common point
  • a sudden separation of the herd of deer when they were startled

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4 an open space in a barrier (as a wall or hedge)
  • the narrow separation between posts in the fence

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5 the act or process of two or more persons going off in different directions
  • friends who dreaded the inevitable separation after graduation

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6 something that divides, separates, or marks off
  • a filing cabinet with lots of adjustable separations

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The first known use of separation was in the 14th century

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“Separation.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/separation. Accessed 23 Sep. 2020.

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